Lorelli Nowell

Dr. Lorelli Nowell

Pronouns: she/her


Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs

Faculty of Nursing, Dean's Office

Associate Professor

Faculty of Nursing, Faculty

Teaching and Learning Research Professorship

Faculty of Nursing

Executive Committe Portfolio Lead

O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Editorial Board Member

Journal of Advanced Nursing

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.5235
Cell: 403.620.9822


Office: PF3260F

For media enquiries, contact

Karen Cook, Director, Communications

Office: +1.403.220.4361
Email: kcook@ucalgary.ca
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing


Educational Background

PhD University of Calgary, 2017

MN University of Calgary, 2012

BScN Thompson Rivers University, 2000


 After finishing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Calgary in 2017, Dr. Lorelli Nowell completed an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. She earned her Master of Nursing from the University of Calgary in 2012, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thompson Rivers University in 2000.

Dr. Nowell is passionate about teaching and learning and she has a strong mixed methods research background with numerous interdisciplinary collaborations. Her emerging program of research focuses on studying innovations in teaching and learning, the professional learning and development of educators, and mentorship to support teaching and learning practices. She frequently publishes and presents at regional, national, and international conferences, often in collaboration with her graduate students.

Dr. Nowell supervises students with an interest in teaching and learning, mentorship, and professional development using knowledge synthesis and mixed methods research approaches.


Areas of Research

Innovations in Teaching and Learning, Mentorship, Professional learning and development, Interdisciplinary research and education, Knowledge synthesis, Mixed methods research, Knowledge translation

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
NURS 622 Foundational Philosophy for Teaching and Learning Across Contexts WINTER 2020, 2021, 2022
NURS 668 Healthcare Grand Challenge SUMMER 2020, 2021, 2023
NURS 664 Innovations in Health Systems SPRING 2020, 2023
NURS 628 Specialized Practice Demonstration: Innovations in Teaching and Learning SUMMER 2022
NURS 745 Innovation, Improvement, and Implementation Science WINTER 2024
NURS 746 Project Development SPRING 2024


Enhancing e-learning opportunities to foster virtual caring competencies: Developing an evidence informed framework

In this SSHRC funded study, our multidisciplinary team from several caring professions will use a mixed methods approach to develop an evidence-informed framework that articulates the conditions that promote creation of productive e-learning opportunities to support students to develop essential virtual caring competencies. This framework will build upon evidence related to effective teaching of caring competencies using online technologies, and advance theoretical understanding relevant to developing interpersonal and technological skills required to work in virtual settings. 

Practice Learning and Teaching Orientations (PLATO): A strategic teaching and learning initiative to foster student-preceptor partnerships

In this funded Teaching Scholars project, I am developing, implementing, and evaluating Practice Learning and Teaching Orientations (PLATO) courses to support the development of effective partnerships between preceptors and students. 


  • Excellence in Nursing Education, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. 2023
  • Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, Advance HE. 2023
  • Order of Merit for Nursing Education, Canadian Nurses Association . 2022
  • Teaching Award for Educational Leadership, University of Calgary. 2022
  • Excellence in Research Award, Faculty of Nursing. 2022
  • Outstanding Paper , Emerald Literati Awards. 2021
  • Teaching Scholar, University of Calgary. 2021
  • Emerging Scholar, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. 2017
  • Inspirational Preceptor/Mentor, Faculty of Nursing. 2017